Driving and Safety

One of the most important aspects of owning and operating an automobile is the knowledge of proper Driving & Safety procedures. Besides the obvious benefits of improved safety for you and your passengers, having a practical knowledge of safe driving techniques can benefit you in other ways as well – from lowering the cost of your car insurance to helping you avoid points on your license due to an accident or traffic violation. For more information on various driving and safety topics, check out our collection of expert articles and advice.

As with many endeavors, safe driving begins with the basics. From the first time we are taught how to drive, we are given instructions on ways to improve our overall safety when behind the wheel. From obvious things like always wearing a seat-belt, always obeying traffic regulations and not driving while intoxicated, to more subtle techniques such as learning to avoid distractions while on the road or how to identify your blind spot, the lessons that we learn at an early age can impact our safety throughout our lives. And there’s no reason to stop learning either. Browse through our lists of helpful Safe Driving Tips to learn more about how to be safe in different situations.

Whether you are a first time driver looking to log enough hours to apply for your license, or a seasoned driver looking to learn advanced defensive driving techniques, you should have no problem finding a Driving School that meets your needs. While many people will look to local driving schools in their area for instruction, others may turn to the Internet as online driving schools have become a popular and convenient option for people to attend driving school. If you’re looking to get a Commercial Driving License (CDL) and start a career in long-distance transportation, a certified Truck Driving School can help you achieve your goal.

While many people confuse the two, Traffic School is slightly different than driving school. Drivers often attend a traffic school in order to have a traffic ticket dismissed or avoid having points added to their license as a result of accident or violation. Traffic schools will usually give drivers a refresher course in the rules and regulations of the road, as well as added tips on driver safety and education. As with driving schools, traffic schools can be found both in your local area and online as well. But, since each state has their own rules regarding traffic school, it is important to make sure that the one you choose is approved by your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles.

With the amount of driving related fatalities that occur every year in the United States, it is more important than ever for every driver to educate themselves about the proper driving and safety techniques. And whether it’s completing a safe driver course or simply enhancing your knowledge with information online, the more you know the safer you’ll be.

  • Do Teenage Driver Safety Courses Lower Insurance Costs?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    Teenage driver safety classes, while not exactly lowering car insurance costs across the country, don’t hurt you either. Indeed, most states require a certain number of classroom training hours, as well as behind the wheel time so that you will not overpay should your teenager want a car in the near future. There are some […]

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  • What Jobs Require Commercial Driver Safety Courses?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    Any jobs that prepare you to drive anything larger than a 15-passenger van for your town as a volunteer requires you to take a commercial driver safety course. If you were to try to drive the 15-passenger vehicle across town or state as a van driver, you would actually be considered a small bus driver […]

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  • Where are Some Places that will Teach a Car Safety Class?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    You will find that some branches of the American Automobile Association will teach a car safety class, as well some high schools. Indeed, car safety classes are required to pass the driving requirement of your driver training. You will, however, find states such as Arizona, California, Massachusetts and Florida that will require safety training if […]

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  • What’s Better for Sleet and Snow, Front or Rear Wheel Drive?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    Sleet and snow driving require plenty of weight on one set of driving wheels, so you would assume that front-drive would be best suited for sleet and snow driving. However, it is not necessarily the case. In front-drive, the bulk of your car’s weight is over the wheels that are not only driving the vehicle, […]

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  • What is the Most Important thing for Safety When Driving in the Rain?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    Driving in the rain requires your complete attention, so anything that will distract you must be turned off. Also, studies have shown that the most important thing to do to remain safe driving in the rain include slowing down to avoid hydroplaning. Plus, leaving your headlights on low-beam at all times, so your vehicle is […]

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  • Does 4WD Provide More Safety than Front or Rear Wheel Drives?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    4WD safety is guaranteed more by the way you drive than by the fact that your vehicle is equipped with it. As safety officials have pointed out, when you have 4WD and a skid, instead of two wheels driving you into the skid, you have four. Four-wheel-drive works best when you slow down to allow […]

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  • Does a Tire Tread Depth Gauge Have a Margin of Error?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    The tire tread depth gauge has no margin of error. It is universally agreed that the minimum tread a tire needs to remain safe is 1/16 of an inch of tread. It is at this point that the treadware bars will appear as perpendicular bars across your tires, indicating that it is past time to […]

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  • Is the Legal Tire Tread Depth Different for Different Types of Cars?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    The legal tire tread depth across the country remains the same for every manufacturer. When the tire reaches 1/16th of an inch of rubber and the perpendicular treadware bar appears across the tire, you have no choice but to change the tire. There is very little treat to assist in maneuvering, whether the road is […]

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  • Are Side Impact Airbags Reusable?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    Side impact airbags are certainly not reusable in any vehicle where any airbags have deployed. The key reason they are not reusable is that if the front airbags and possibly the roof curtain airbags have deployed, it is almost a certainty that the side airbags have also deployed. Once any airbag has been deployed, it […]

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  • What are Seat Cover Side Airbags?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    Seat cover side airbags are specially made seat covers that take into account the fact that many seats have side airbags built into them. Until quite recently, it seemed that many aftermarket seat cover manufacturers forgot this small piece of information and the result was not good. The seat covers never deployed the way they […]

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  • Can You Test for Faulty Airbags?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    Testing for faulty airbags is usually built into the battery of electronic tests that your technician performs when you bring your car in for a regular service and inspection. Let’s face it. You cannot actually test for faulty airbags by whacking the front bumper with enough force to cause airbag deployment for two reasons. The […]

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  • Where can I find a List of CA DMV Approved Traffic Schools?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    A listing of California Department of Motor Vehicles (CA DMV) approved traffic schools is available by logging into the state’s DMV website and searching for traffic schools. There are several reasons for these special schools that range from taking remedial safe-driving courses. If you are a habitual speeding offender, to satisfying a court-ordered program of […]

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  • Is Online Your Cheapest Driving School Option?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    There are many schools that claim to be the cheapest driving school available. Schools making this claim are both traditional brick and mortar schools, and online schools. The claims that online schools make are easier to believe because they don’t have buildings and classrooms to maintain and they don’t have instructors to pay. They have […]

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  • Where Can I find a Florida State Approved Traffic School List?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    You need to find a state approved traffic school in Florida. The Florida Department of Highway safety and Motor Vehicles says the best place to find a comprehensive list of traffic school is to look in your Yellow Pages under ‘Traffic Schools’. However, there are two ways to find lists of state approved traffic schools […]

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  • How Many Times can You Fail the Driving School Online Test?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    You’ve just failed your driving school online test and you don’t know what happens next. This should have been something that was clearly spelled out in the course material that should be read before signing up for the course. But you don’t need to worry. You can take the test again. Some online schools will […]

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  • What are My Options for Online Driving Courses in Florida?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    A basic online driving course in Florida is available from the Florida Department of Highway Safety. There are several other courses as well, such as the Advanced Driver course. There are certain criteria which you need to have before you can apply for an initial license. One, is to pass “the Traffic Law and Substance […]

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  • Can I Get a Florida Learners Permit Online

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    Certain people can get a Florida learners permit online at this time. Until the 31st of December 2010, if you are older than 15 but younger than 18 years old, you can take the DMV course on line. After that date you will have to take the course at the local DMV office. If you […]

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  • What is the Average Truck Driving School Cost?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    The average truck driving school cost to you can be in the region of $4,000 to $6,000. You should not pay more than that. There are places that offer the training free if you join the firm as an employee. Though, with these kind of firms, you will have to sign a contract which binds […]

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  • What are the Requirements for Getting a Class B CDL License in Florida?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    To acquire a Class B CDL license you need the Matrix of FMCSA forms which you can get online with online registration. This site helps you through all the forms and determines which ones you require. You need all the forms they ask you for in the registration process. The instructions for what is needed […]

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  • What are Common Anti-Lock Brake Problems?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    One of the most common anti-lock brake problems is malfunction of the sensors on the wheels. This can happen as a result of metal particles being attracted by the magnetic parts of the sensor, and thus causing them to fail to give the correct signals to the computer. In order to stop this from happening, […]

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  • What are Vehicle Air Bags Made from?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    Vehicle air bags tend to be made out of fabric, like nylon or polyamide. They are manufactured in such a way that there are tiny vents in the actual make up of the material, and these allow the gas inside of the bag to slowly escape. When blown up, it is like a soft cushion […]

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  • What are the things that Usually Lead to a Driving Test Failure?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    The most common driving test failure reasons are: Bad Eyesight – Drivers who are unable to read a number placed from 60 feet. Improper precautions before starting the engine, like rolling backward and forward when starting the engine. Improper control on the clutch and the brake causing wheel spin. Failure to signal properly at road […]

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  • What is the Driving Test Failure Rate in the USA?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    Driving standards in the US are very high, and its not unusual to find a high driving test failure rate in several states. You can find a complete list of the driving failure rates according to states listed at the GMAC site here. GMAC carries out an unbiased survey based on every state, to rate […]

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  • What’s the Number 1 Cause of Car Accidents?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    A number of studies show that distracted driving is the leading cause car accidents. This is the main reason for car accidents that take place. These distractions include the use of cell phones and other equipment. With increased laws preventing the use of cell phones in cars, there is less chance that these will cause […]

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  • What is the Percentage of Car Accident Deaths?

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    Car accident deaths are very common and on average cause 2% of yearly deaths. This rate fluctuates; however, it is on the rise due to the amount of people now driving cars, particularly young adults. In the USA, where the majority of people drive cars, car accident deaths make up approximately 45% of deaths. Car […]

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  • Test Driving Tips: Five Things to Look for When Test Driving a Vehicle

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    The test drive, the part of the car buying experience where you are allowed to drive the car you might possibly buy, is often the make-or-break point where you decide whether you really like the car or not. It is important, therefore, to make a good inspection of the car during the test drive so […]

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  • Winter Driving Tips

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    Winter driving tips can help drivers keep themselves safe and secure while driving in rough conditions. Winter can be a dangerous time when driving out on the roads after a snow fall, especially in the northern states. Luckily, there are many precautions that can be taken in order to protect yourself and be prepared in […]

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  • Defensive Driving Tips

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    Living in a time where cars feature side curtain airbags or distance-sensitive cruise control, it can be easy to dismiss the need for knowing a wide range of defensive driving tips. Yet, in spite of all the advancements over the past couple decades with safety technology, the fundamentals of driving remain the same–and techno-wizardry won’t […]

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  • How to Know if You’re Choosing an Approved Traffic School

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    If you’re attending traffic school to dismiss a moving violation or lower your insurance costs, it’s important to make sure you’ve chosen a DMV approved traffic school to attend. Without DMV approval, your time, effort and money spent at traffic school will be wasted, as the court cannot accept class records from a school that […]

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  • How to Find a Driving School in California

    Posted on October 7, 2013

    If you are looking for a driving school in California there can be more choices than you can process. Instead, use a few simple tips and tricks to find the right driving school in California to help your teen learn how to drive defensively and safely every time they hit the road. Depending on the […]

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